Unpacking my Bali journey won't be done in a single day or post. I have many takeaways from the trip that I can't wait to share — but I will, to some extent, so I can get my thoughts together in a more organized way. As ideas about vacation planning already swirl around in my brain, I wanted to talk about a different sort of quest I often embark on when planning my trips.
Seeking out animals in their natural habitats
Being a passionate animal lover, my travels have allowed me to seek out the opportunity to view some rare and fascinating animals in their natural habitats. I went to Africa in 1994 for the first time and had the fortunate opportunity to visit Krueger National Park. People from all over the world travel there to see the "big 5" — lion, leopard, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, and elephant. That first experience inspired me to see more animals in their habitat.
Seeing the awe-inspiring Ugandan mountain gorillas
I have had several safari trips back to Africa, including visits to Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. My motivation to travel to Uganda was to see the mountain gorillas in their habitat. It was absolutely amazing to see their strength and beauty while observing from only a few feet away. I was fortunate to also see chimpanzees among the trees in the Uganda forests.
Visiting Borneo for more adventure travel
My last trip centered on seeing animals was to visit Borneo. I went to see orangutans, which are truly fascinating animals. I was able to see so many other intriguing animals while in Borneo. Pygmy elephants remain one of the greatest surprises of my travels. I feel so blessed to have seen those magnificent animals in their home.
Seeking out animals while traveling domestically
Not everyone has access — or interest! — to travel to such far-flung destinations. However, I still think animal lovers can focus travel plans around seeing some of their favorite animals. Thankfully, California has (in my opinion!) a truly special zoo. I have yet to visit a zoo that compares to the amazing San Diego Zoo. The philosophy of the zoo and its efforts to provide natural habitats and space for their animals continues to impress me. Disneyland may be some people’s happiest place, but for me it is the San Diego Zoo!
Have you ever traveled just to see animals?